For many drivers, testing their own skills at various races or other events brings a special thrill. Tuned vehicles often have a higher performance and should also be driven out. There are various ways of doing this Track days on official racetracks Quarter mile race etc., but also street racing. However, due to their high hazard potential, road races are usually illegal. Nevertheless, a culture of its own has developed around races on the open roads.
What is a street race?
The term "Street race“Primarily refers to motorsport events that take place on public roads. These include rallies and other racing events. Legal street races rarely take place for safety reasons. For the legal events, public roads will be cordoned off so that only the participants can use the road. Many people associate the term “street race” with the illegal street races that take place in many different countries. Public road traffic is used for illegal races without prior barriers. In addition to remote industrial roads, city centers and highways are particularly popular for these races. A street race can be endowed with a prize. At the same time, they are also used to present tuned vehicles. The drivers attach importance to both the exterior design of the car and a high-performance interior. The street racing scene can look back on a long history since the 70s and has developed differently in each country. In film series like "The Fast and the Furious“The culture around the street races is an essential part of the plot.
The scene of illegal street races!
Illegal street races were popular even before the invention of the motor vehicle. Racing with motorcycles and cars first became popular in America at the end of the 20th century. In the American states, road races usually go over a quarter mile and are completed in muscle cars or particularly high-revving vehicles. In the Asian region, on the other hand, drift racing has established itself due to the narrow construction of the inner cities. Often there are so-called speed runnings like that Gumball 3000 which are carried out. You have to cover a distance from A to B by car in the shortest possible time. Street races in public transport are, however illegal and can be punished in this country with up to two years imprisonment. In the event of personal injury or other accidents, higher penalties may also be imposed. The road racing ban is understandably due to a high risk of accidents and repeated deaths in the past. Every participant is guilty and can be convicted in court. Legal races or track days on a racetrack are a safe alternative for anyone who wants to test the performance of their vehicle.
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The most important information about illegal street races:
Deed Points Strafe Organized or participated in a race 3 Imprisonment until
to 2 years,
Driving license disqualification
... with danger 3 Imprisonment until
to 5 years,
Driving license disqualification
... with personal injury 3 Imprisonment for 1 to 10 years,
less severe case
6 months to 5 years, driving license withdrawal
- illegal road races are an enormous risk for innocent road users
- The history of illegal street racing goes back over 100 years
- Europe -> speed running, Japan -> drift races
- Police take decisive action against illegal car races (Planned events are canceled, vehicles confiscated, special units are formed)
- Road races are legally prohibited in this country in accordance with Section 29 Paragraph 1 of the Road Traffic Act (StVO)
- Anyone who organizes or takes part in illegal car races faces a prison sentence of up to two years or a fine. The driving license can be withdrawn, 3 points follow in Flensburg, if other road users are at risk, a prison sentence of up to 5 years is possible, in the case of personal injury even up to 10 years
- Section 315c Paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Criminal Code (StGB) regulates the legal situation
- Participation in illegal street races can be a MPU have as a consequence, even if 8 points are not yet achieved
- Consequences under civil law in the event of personal injury or damage to property are often not settled between the contracting parties (liability is often ruled out, liability insurance is exempt from the obligation to perform in the street race)
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